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I hope you are well (both physically and mentally) during the difficult times we find ourselves living in! It is with great disappointment that I announce the cancellation of all four live readings I had scheduled to celebrate the launch of The Devil this month. This includes the launch events that were planned in Guelph, London, and Toronto, as well as the Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon. We are hoping to reschedule the launch readings (or something comparable) in late May or early June–when Andy Verboom, who has been instrumental in helping plan these events, is hoping to make it out to Ontario from Halifax–so please stay tuned for updates around then.
In the meantime, the chapbook is still available via knife | fork | book’s online shop, and will be shipping by its official release date of March 27th. If you’d like to support me or knife | fork | book, or if you just want to read my newest work, you can pre-order The Devil and receive free shipping to anywhere in Canada. So, what are you waiting for? Do it now!
Aside from netting you a copy of the book, I would strongly encourage you to check out the online shop to support k | f | b. Anyone who’s been there knows that Kirby’s space is an incomparable resource for the poetry community in Toronto and across North America; however, the closure of its home base in Artscape Youngplace until at least April 6th means it’ll be losing out on the massive chunk of revenue it earns from in-person book sales. If there was ever a time to contribute financially to the Canadian literary community, it’s now.
While the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly be hard on us writers and readers, I still consider us fortunate in that our art form can often be enjoyed far away from in-person gatherings and events. Aside from promoting online sales, I am also keen on hosting some sort of online event to celebrate the official release of The Devil and the rest of knife | fork | book’s spring season on the 27th–so please keep that date in your calendar! Although I haven’t yet worked out the details or scope of the event, I’m hoping that I and some of the other authors will be able to post video- or audio-recorded readings to a common hub (probably a Facebook event) to be viewed on and only on the night of the launch. In addition, we would also host an online discussion and direct participants to k | f | b’s online shop. If you have any interest in taking part (and, let’s not kid ourselves, I know you’ll just be at home doing nothing anyway), stay tuned for more updates here and on my social feeds in the coming week.
Happily, then, I can still end this post by saying that I’m excited to hear from you on the 27th. For now, happy reading!